Back to top

Daniel Butterfield (American National Biography)

Edward G. LongacrE, "Butterfield, Daniel," American National Biography Online, February 2000,
Butterfield's rapid rise in the volunteer service and his regular army appointments cannot be reconciled with his limited talent as a field commander. Family prominence, high rank in the militia, and political connections appear to have been responsible. His managerial and organizational talents served him well as a staff officer, although his officiousness and his sometimes abrasive personality weakened his usefulness as a liaison between army headquarters and subordinate commanders. Despite his prominent position in the Union hierarchy, despite serving in important campaigns in the two major theaters of operations, and despite winning a Medal of Honor, he is remembered chiefly--but inaccurately--as the composer of "Taps."
How to Cite This Page: "Daniel Butterfield (American National Biography)," House Divided: The Civil War Research Engine at Dickinson College,